E Ink the company best known for the e-paper display on your Kindle e-reader is making a serious play in China. The company is leveraging their Transcend Optronics subsidiary, which has doing business in China since 2002. The two sides have just signed a deal with Dalian DKE to bring down the manufacturing costs of e-paper in China.
Dalian DKE has already developed LCD panels and e-paper applications for industrial displays, smart power meters, smart labels and home-automating devices. E Ink will lend the assist with their technical knowledge and help DKE develop e-paper products and DKE will use its STN (super-twisted nematic)-TFT manufacturing equipment to produce segmented e-paper modules which will be more competitive in price than e-paper modules based on active matrix TFT backplanes. DKE will also promote STN-based e-paper modules in place of STN-LCD displays.
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